The Human Factor: Inside the Cia's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-06
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
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American Presidents make decisions on war unaware that the human source intelligence provided by the CIA is often false or nonexistent. From Harry Truman during the Korean War to George Bush during the War on Terror, modern Presidents have faced their darkest moments as a result of poor intelligence. The CIA has assured Congress and the President that intelligence programs in hostile areas of the world are thriving when they simply do not exist.

Author Biography

Ishmael Jones was born in the United States and raised in the Middle East, East Asia, and East Africa. He attended universities in the US and served as an officer in the US Marine Corps. In the late 1980s he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as a deep cover officer focusing on human sources with access to intelligence on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. His assignments included more than fifteen years of continuous overseas service in numerous exotic countries and several rogue nations. He resigned from the CIA in good standing. Ishmael Jones is a pseudonym, in accordance with laws that make it a felony to reveal the true names of deep cover officers.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xi
Introductionp. xxiii
Prologuep. 3
Daring Greatly, Perhapsp. 13
Training Daysp. 21
American Apprenticeshipp. 47
Perseverance and Soothing Languagep. 62
Sent to Spy Out the Landp. 77
Trying to Hustle the Eastp. 93
Morning in Eastern Europep. 119
Physicists Who Knew Sinp. 144
Always Be Closingp. 164
Restlessp. 186
Hazardous Microbesp. 221
Darkness and Brief Dawnp. 237
Tryingp. 250
Griftersp. 270
The Way of the Weaselp. 280
Headquartersp. 299
Starting Overp. 307
Remington Raiderp. 318
Epiloguep. 351
Appendix: Solutions for Reform of the Clandestine Servicep. 355
Acknowledgmentsp. 363
Notesp. 365
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 376
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